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If you think you've trained hard enough to hike this trail your probably wrong. Keep your pack light and bring water filtration to save the weight. If at all possible stage your camp at the Devils Tombstone campground. The first half will take between 8-12 hours to complete. It was nice to hike into a prepared camp and recoup for the next days 2nd half hike. The second half starts with a long never ending grade that will tax your aching legs but isn't as difficult as the first half. Make sure you hydrate like crazy at Diamond notch falls. I completed half the hike once and the whole hike the next year after I trained all winter. Well worth the climb because the views are spectacular. I can't wait to do it again while recording it on All trails

We hiked to Balsam Lake Fire Tower for the ADK/Catskills fire tower challenge. This is the only map available for the northern approach. It was a great trail. Lots of parking and clearly marked trail. I have suggested a trail edit by having just the trail to Balsam Lake for those only wanting to hike to the fire tower.

I loved this hike. It was treacherous with a bit of everything. Parked n the peters kill lot went followed the trail there to the Awosting falls lot. Then took that trail bk to Peters Kill. Nice loop. So I basically started at the foot of the falls and hiked up. Some elevation, nice bridge, gorgeous views.

Great Hike with plenty of variety and fantastic views.

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2 months ago

Just a gorgeous trail... lots of varied terrain that’s challenging but do-able. Especially beautiful in late May/early June, but gorgeous all season long.

did this trail yesterday and it was a great workout! it was a beautiful day and part of the trail was a little muddy. i added up doing 12miles total since i passed table view. there is no sign for either view point so make sure you dont miss it! table is after a steep climb right at a bend. after that view point you qill climb on the summit of table which is like a small forest of ever green type trees. if you enter the forest of beautiful trees then you missed the view point! i completed this in less the 6hours including breaks with my dog. make sure you time properly. i got a late start and the sun was setting as i walked out. in the mountains it starts to get dark at around 4, even though sunset is 445 currently with all the trees you start to lose light earlier. great trail overall

Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

This was definitely not as hard as made out to be, it’s long, about 8 miles in total but not really not that difficult. I was expecting a few rock scrambles but there isn’t anything that I would call a scramble like at breakneck or crag rock. There is a decent sized section when you are walking through a stream and that for me was the hardest because it was slippery. The ascent up was not that bad either. It was a great hike with spectacular views, but not the adventure I was expecting from some of the reviews

Made for a great, fairly easy hike and was perfect to take in some amazing views of the foliage, from both sides of the valley. The mix of terrains climbing and descending the 2 peaks and valley kept things interesting and fun the whole way out and back.

This is my first! I would go again.

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2 months ago

There is a $10 park entrance fee, but worth it. This trail is awesome. Didn't really understand the signs at the far end. It said private trail, but there was no way we were going to backtrack that far so we went right through

Hiked on Oct. 25th, trail was dry and quiet. Leaves are pretty much at peak color.

Nor’easter this weekend... Oct. 27th... will likely make trail conditions muddy and bring down a lot of leaves... sadly.

Beautiful hike during autumn.

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

The longest ever hike! Loved it! Not sure I’ll do it again!

Great hike! More like ‘hard’ than moderate

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

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3 months ago

What a hike. I went this Sunday, October 14th, and the trail was pretty crowded. Parts of it were significantly muddy and rocky parts were basically a creek, with water flowing over the rocks on an incline, so I would recommend waterproof shoes if you're going after a heavy rain. The views were incredible, and I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of the hike. If you are going, I recommend looking at Hike the Hudson Valley's trail guide, as it's very helpful to get a visual look at each turn to get you from the parking lot through the entire hike.
For probably half of the hike, I was walking alone (solo hike but I kept running into people) with a smile on my face. I stopped often to admire the fall foliage (near peak right now! Golden leaves abound!) and pine trees along the quartz rocks. From the start at the lake back to the same spot it took me about 4 1/2 hours.

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

We left from Upperworks Trailhead 10/14/18 7am and Summited Marcy and back to Upperworks by 7pm.
Flowed lands, were SUPER wet. High peaks had a good amount of snow and ice. Gaiters/Bring Crampons.
Nice long walk for experienced hikers not much foot traffic, hardly saw anybody. If I had to do it again I would hike in 4.5miles to Lake Colden and set up for the night there, leave overnight gear around leanto and summit grab gear on the way out (weather/direction your hiking depending).

Beautiful vistas, perfectly challenging, and a great workout. My girlfriend and I are both 50 and in moderately good shape. We definitely were challenged by the end of the four hour hike and felt happy to be able to sit down afterward . Our Favorite part was halfway through when we laid down on a giant boulder, listened to the sound and felt the warmth of the warm autumn son.

Was a relatively challenging trail, picked a day during the August heat wave, big mistake. Did not make it to Nippletop, will have to do that one separate if possible.

hiking
3 months ago

I good one.. did the loop.. think the trail afterwards is just ok if I was to do it again I’ll just do the left side to the nose & back.

Awesome trail. Well marked. Lots of mud.

Amazingly beautiful, and the views from Hurricane Ledge are breathtaking, but very muddy, rocky and almost unmarked in the section up to High Peak and down to Hurricane Ledge. I was glad that I could use the GPS over the Alltrails map to track my location. I would not recommend to inexperienced hikers.

Did this hike on 10/6/18. Weather was cool limited sun only in the afternoon. Did the loop counter clockwise going up elk pass to nippletop first. Got a late start due to the parking situation. The lots at the AMR hiking lot was full had to park on highway about .5 mike away. Note don’t park along the roadways but n the AMR hiking parking areas. There were about 20 or so cars parked in no parking areas that got tickets. By the time we got to Nippletop’s summit it was socked in by fog and clouds. Very windy and cold. Had a quick lunch. Made out was over to Dial . Views were better but clouds came in. Made our way done and out via Bear Den . Trails were very muddy . It’s hard for me to say what direction is easier because I was tied from a long road trip the day before and a little under the weather. I would say doing elk pass first because it’s steep. Over all a great hike wish the weather was better. Might have to return and do this one again.

Starting from The Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley. We followed the trail toward the Lodge and spent the first night in the Orebred Brook lean-to. We summited Gothics, Armstrong, Upper, and Lower Wolfjaw the next day. Once you climb Gothics it’s pretty much a traverse to the next 3. Camped on the far side that night. The next day we looped around and hiked back out. Gothics was an awesome climb, challenging in spots. These 4 peaks make a great long weekend trip. Can’t wait to get back and explore the other peaks along The Great Range. I will update this review with more detail once I have my other map in front of me.

We did this on 9/29. We skipped Lower Wolf Jaw, but did Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth. Going up Armstrong from Upper Wolf Jaw is the steepest climb I've done in the ADKs. Some sections were more rock climbing than hiking. The views are amazing, with the views from the Gothics being some of the best in the ADKs. It took us about 10 hrs and is a great hike.

I did the loop clockwise and I’m glad, the trails are so wet and muddy that coming up from Elk Pass the water would be running down your sleeves. The promised clear sky never happened so I skipped Indian Head, no views. I loved the ups and downs of this loop, and the easy run back on Lake Road.

Just finished a trip from the Catskills and a hike up to the top of this mountain. Really fun, a few steep climbs, nothing a beginner couldn’t handle. A little challenging but worth it in the end. The view from the Fire tower was amazing! And your above 3500’.

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